News Archive: December 2012

This is the first in an occasional series of papers that will be produced covering a variety of topics. This series will try to provide a global overview for activists, highlighting examples of good practice developed by member organisations and sex worker-led groups across the regions.

This paper is intended to be a ‘living document’ which will be added to as we document further examples from our global membership.

The topic of this first paper is 'Addressing Violence Against Sex Workers' and highlights 12 country examples of interventions too address violence.

You can download this 9 page PDF file below.  This resource is in English.

20 December 2012

This is the second issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’. 

This first issue focuses on Opposing Criminalisation.

This resource is in English.  You can download this 5 page PDF below.

20 December 2012

Watch this video from the Sex Worker Freedom Festival: 21 to 26 July 2012 | Kolkata, India


NSWP will publish more multi-media reports from IAC 2012 / Sex Worker Freedom Festival here during 2013.

19 December 2012

The 13th issue of Research for Sex Work was released on December 17, 2012.

Research for Sex Work is a publication intended for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policymakers. It is published annually by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and is governed by an Editorial Board consisting of sex workers, staff of support organisations and researchers.

This issue is on the theme of HIV and Sex Work.


  • Editorial (Laura María Agustín)
  • Anti-Pornography Crackdowns: Sex Work and HIV in China (China Sex Worker Organisation Network Forum)
  • Living With HIV: How I Treat Myself (Told by Diputo Lety to Elsa Oliveira)
  • Men At Work: Male Sex Workers, HIV and the Law (Brendan Michael Conner)
  • Blaming Disease On Female Sex Workers: A Long History (Tiphaine Besnard)
  • Working With the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Empower Foundation Thailand)
  • Sexual-Health Outreach in Machala, Ecuador (Asociación ‘22 de junio’ and Colectivo Flor de Azalea)
  • Promoting Sex Worker-Led Research in Namibia (Matthew Greenall and Abel Shinana)
  • The Tide Can Not Be Turned Without Us (Cheryl Overs)
  • Gay Parties and Male Sex Workers in Nigeria (Kehinde Okanlawon and Ade Iretunde)
  • No Condoms as Evidence: A Sex-Worker Campaign in New York (Audacia Ray and Sarah Elspeth Patterson)
  • ‘The Space Which Is Not Mine’: Sex Workers Living With HIV/AIDS in Venice and Edinburgh (Nicoletta Policek)
  • Female-Condom Use in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and Nigeria (Winny Koster and Marije Groot Bruinderink)

PDFs of the “HIV and Sex Work – The view from 2012” Research for Sex Work, a bilingual publication in English and Chinese, can be downloaded below (32 page PDF document), or free hard copies can be requested by emailing


19 December 2012

NSWP welcomes the launch today of the ‘Prevention and Treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections for sex workers in low- and middle-income countries: Recommendations for a public health approach’. The guidance was developed jointly with WHO,UNFPA, UNAIDS and NSWP who conducted the qualitative survey of sex worker values and preferences relating to the interventions being considered.

The report is designed for use by national public health officials and managers of HIV/AIDS and STI programmes, NGOs and health workers, but will also be of interest to international funding agencies, health policy-makers and advocates. It  combines good practice recommendations derived from ethics and human rights principles, with technical evidence-based recommendations supported by scientific evidence AND the lived experiences of sex workers across the globe.

NSWP particularly welcomes the recommendations that governments should work towards the decriminalisation of sex work and elimination of the unjust application of non-criminal laws and regulations against sex workers which exacerbate sex workers vulnerability to HIV and STIs. In addition we welcome the recommendation that HIV prevention and treatment programmes need to include interventions to enhance community empowerment among sex workers that is sex worker-led and we particularly welcome the recommendation set out in the document that redefines the ethical use of periodic presumptive treatment (PPT) for sex workers.  It emphasises that PPT should only be used as an emergency short term measure under the strictest of conditions and while comprehensive sexual health services are being developed and that PPT must only be offered if its uptake is voluntary, not imposed as part of a coercive or mandatory public health regime. 

Good practice recommendations include:

  • All countries should work toward decriminalisation of sex work and elimination of the unjust application of non-criminal laws and regulations against sex workers
  • Governments should establish antidiscrimination and other rights respecting laws to protect against discrimination and violence, and other violations of rights faced by sex workers in order to realise their human rights and reduce their vulnerability to HIV infection
  • Health services should be made available, accessible and acceptable to sex workers based on the principles of avoidance of stigma, non-discrimination and the right to health
  • Violence against sex workers is a risk factor for HIV and must be prevented and addressed in partnership with sex workers and sex worker led organisations.

Technical recommendations include:

  • A package of interventions to enhance community empowerment among sex workers
  • Correct and consistent condom use among sex workers and their clients
  • Offering periodic screening for asymptomatic STIs to female sex workers
  • Offering female sex workers, in settings with high prevalence and limited clinical services, periodic presumptive treatment for asymptomatic STIs
  • Offering voluntary HIV testing and counselling to sex workers
  • Using the current WHO recommendations on the use of antiretroviral therapy for HIV-positive general populations for sex workers
  • Using the current WHO recommendations on harm reduction for sex workers who inject drugs
  • Including sex workers as targets of catch-up HBV immunisation strategies in settings where infant immunisation has not reached full coverage

These recommendations mark a significant advance in evidence-based guidelines for designing and implementing effective HIV and STI prevention and treatment interventions for sex workers.

You can download these recommendations (52 page PDF) in English below. 

You can read WHO's policy brief on these recommendations on their website here.

12 December 2012

The San Francisco Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival-- Biennial, since 1999

Deadline, February 15,  2013

Please see details from the organisers below:

10 December 2012

While NSWP welcomes and supports the recommendations contained in the recent World Bank Report, we very much regret that as a member of the Technical Advisory Group we have not able to endorse this report as it stands. We continue to advocate that further work and analysis is required before the real cost benefits of sex worker-led programming are fully realised.

2 December 2012